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Battle Sighs

Posted April 12, 2014 by D. K. Holm

The legacy of Esquire's Dubious Achievements Awards lives on in the poster for The Known Unknown

Errol Morris’s The Unknown Known  could be viewed as the third leg in a trilogy about war and remembrance, or the second film in a series on the war in Iraq and it’s policymakers, or it could be viewed as Version Six of his Interrotron technique, Morris’s technical set up by which interviewer and analysand can […]

The Week in Scarlett Johansson Studies

Posted by D. K. Holm

Poster for the difficult sic-fi thriller Under the Skin

Last week it was Captain America: The Winter Soldier; this week it’s Under the Skin. But this week’s new Scarlett Johansson film may prove less likely to satisfy her fans. Captain America 2 is tightly hewn to its predecessor, with inflections of the 1970s American cinema of paranoia attached, and with Ms. Johansson engaged in […]

Raid Kills Crooks Dead

Posted by D. K. Holm

Poster for the Indonesian action film, The Raid 2

If nothing else, The Raid 2 reminds the viewer that most cop movies these days are really war movies. Cinema’s police operate in teams or squads, and are equipped with a wealth of hardware and firepower, while tending to arrive en masse in huge transport vehicles along with a tank or two. In the real […]

Webcast #92 – 2014

Posted April 4, 2014 by D. K. Holm

Under review in this episode are the YA film Divergent, the Schwarzenneger action film Sabotage, the kid film Muppets Most Wanted, and the films of Burt Lancaster.

Small Bang

Posted March 20, 2014 by D. K. Holm


At a time when knowledge and even intelligence is assailed from all sides, it seems churlish to criticize any network attempt to cater to viewers who want to learn. Equally, it is unfair to criticize a television show after only two episodes. Cosmos, the new program that remakes the Carl Sagan PBS series, and which […]

Webcast #89 – 2014

Posted March 13, 2014 by D. K. Holm

With a reduced staff, the trio consider The Grand Budapest Hotel, Need for Speed, Better Living Through Chemistry, Burt Lancaster, and Ghibli studio anime, and also give a glance back on the most recent Oscar broadcast.

Webcast #88 – 2014

Posted February 27, 2014 by D. K. Holm

A collection of aging actors try to save the day – or their careers – in a pair of action films discussed by the team, including Non-Stop, with Liam Neeson, and Three Days to Kill, with Kevin Costner. Another action film on hand is Pompeii, starring Kit Harrington. Marc Mohan focuses on the documentary Afternoon […]

Webcast #87 – 2014

Posted February 19, 2014 by D. K. Holm

The Portland International Film Fest is ongoing, and this week the team assess the German-Norse political thriller Two Lives, the Australian film about rural Laos, The Rocket, and the Polish post-holocaust film, The Aftermath. Among other releases considered are the middle east political thriller Omar, the Netflix documentary about political upheaval in Egypt, The Square, […]

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